A business reached out to me, asking me to come in to discuss the project, budget, etc.
Unfortunately, my contact at the business (the marketing director) wasn’t available that day so I had to talk to the owner.
Client: So what is it that you can do for me?
Me: I’m a content strategist. I can build out a series of articles and a social media schedule to build your SEO, helping your business show up in more searches.
Client: And HOW much does this cost?
Me: Well, as I already discussed with [marketing director], my fees start at $X and go up to $Z.
Client: And people PAY you this?
I left without a contract or anything. The marketing director got in touch with me a day later and apologized profusely, basically begging me to come back. I agreed on two conditions: that I wouldn’t have to work with the owner and all my approval would come from marketing, and that I would be paid for that useless, useless trip into the office.